Speaker! Leader! Coach! Entrepreneur!

Sonia McDonald is a highly sought after and vibrant speaker, entrepreneur, leadership expert, leadership coach and thought leader. She is internationally recognised as an expert in leadership and strategy, organisational development, workplace diversity and the neuroscience of leadership.

Named as one of Richtopia’s TOP 250 Powerful Women across the Globe, Sonia is an engaging speaker who inspires as she educates.

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Are you looking for that next step? Maybe a change in your career? You want to be a great leader or a future CEO? You might even have a dream of being an Entrepreneur? Sonia would LOVE to speak to you!

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“…Seriously, any leader who didn’t learn a great deal about themselves and how they lead their teams from reading this book should probably rethink their chosen career.”

 Andrew Griffiths, International Bestselling Business Author, Global Speaker and Media Commentator. 

Sonia is known as “The Accidental Entrepreneur” because the path to her CEO and entrepreneurial roles was unexpected and unpredictable. This has turned out to be one of the biggest gifts life could have given her, because it inspired her to show others how they could become the leaders and entrepreneurs they want to be.

Sonia creates collective leadership and leaders who understand how to access people, information, and resources to achieve powerful results. By drawing on the power of many, leaders and teams become stronger, more cohesive and far more successful than they are as individual units.

As an author, thought leader and advisor, Sonia takes her message directly to the individuals and organisations who most need help. Her powerful and practical advice helps to inspire personal and professional change, and has contributed to the increasing success of some of Australia’s most inclusive and people-oriented organisations.

She knows Great Leadership makes Great Results.

The key motivations behind Sonia’s speaking presentations are:

  • To build leadership capability, confidence and attitude
  • To open leadership pathways and strategies
  • To build balanced organisations which understand and nurture their leaders and potential leaders, thereby positioning themselves for sustainable profitability
  • To educate leaders on how our brains work so they can influence their teams to success
  • To show businesses how to take her information and incorporate it as a natural part of their leadership strategy

Sonia’s presentations are suitable for a wide range of audiences, from students to major conferences and events, business groups, senior leaders and organisations.

She is an entertaining and inspiring speaker who is able to deliver information that is enjoyable and has immense practical application.

  • The course helped me to properly reflect on my purpose, passions, strengths and leadership style, giving me the confidence and motivation to be better.

    Carly Faragher
  • "Sonia combines three major assets: bucket loads of passion for her clearly defined purpose; a thorough grounding in the principles of leadership and neuroscience; and an engaging personal style which makes her an adaptable and engaging presenter in front of any audience.  Presenting at the recent LeadX event Sonia had the audience captured with her energy, dance moves and compelling story telling, leaving all attendees empowered to surround themselves with the right people and confident to take risks to learn and lead."

    Rachel Kerr General Manager (Northern Region) REVELIAN
  • Sonia McDonald is a powerful and captivating speaker that knows how to light an emotional fire under her audience. She speaks entirely from the heart, from her unique perspective, in a playful and adventurous manner, daring you to challenge yourself and push beyond the boundaries of what you thought possible.

    Leonie Neville
  • Sonia McDonald is an inspirational keynote and workshop presenter with a distinctive ability to bond and engage with her audiences. Sonia is well known for her dynamic charismatic workshop/presentation style and people walk away on an emotional and inspired high, feeling informed.

    Tony Wiggins HR architect and AHRI Convenor
  • Sonia has been speaking at the AHRI events and conferences for many years. Her workshops and presentations are always insightful, engaging and empowering. She is generous and inspiring with her audiences and focuses on bringing out the best in her participants.

    Corinne Butler State President, AHRI
  • Sonia leadership coaching has been instrumental in helping me to focus on what's really important in being a great Leader. The investment in her coaching has paid dividends in enhancing my own personal productivity and leadership.
    Alastair Dawson Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and  Vice President  (International & Services)
  • “Sonia has been instrumental in developing my transition from Manager into Leader. Her support, encouragement and tailored methods for coaching are invaluable along with her energetic passion for bringing out the best in people makes for an enjoyable coaching experience.” 

    Cindy Thomas
  • “Let’s be honest there are a lot of books on leadership and I’ve read most of them - but, Sonia McDonald has written one that is so fresh, energetic and thought provoking that I loved every page. Sonia asks the big questions, the little questions and everything in between in such an authentic and honest way. Seriously, any leader who didn’t learn a great deal about themselves and how they lead their teams from reading this book should probably rethink their chosen career.”

    Andrew Griffiths International Bestselling Business Author, Global Speaker and Media Commentator. 
  • “Sonia’s book brings refreshing clarity to many of the questions around what makes an effective leader. It’s the kind of book that can and should be referred to time and again, providing practical, well-researched tips and tools based on Sonia’s own extensive knowledge and experiences. It’s a perfect read for when you need a reality check on what it takes to be a good leader. Great for that plane trip too – when you need a refresher on all things leadership! ”  

    Samantha Kennerley CEO, youngcare
  • “Sonia’s practical approach to leadership is honest and refreshing. A truly inspiring book for today’s leaders!”

    Paul Miles CEO, BUSY At Work

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